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What are the three main reasons why Brutus is the tragic hero in Julius caesar ?also...

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inuyasha123 | Student, Grade 10 | (Level 3) eNoter

Posted March 19, 2010 at 11:10 AM via web

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What are the three main reasons why Brutus is the tragic hero in Julius caesar ?

also can you explain them

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Doug Stuva | High School Teacher | (Level 3) Senior Educator

Posted March 19, 2010 at 12:04 PM (Answer #1)

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In your question about Shakespeare's Julius Caesar, I assume you're asking what evidence exists in the play that shows Brutus is the tragic figure.  I'll tell you about the evidence, and let you break it up into three reasons if that's what you need.

Brutus makes the major decisions in the play that lead to:  Caesar's assassination (he joins the conspirators); the mob rebelling against the conspirators and the civil war (he allows Antony to speak at the funeral); and his side losing the final battle (he moves his army from a sound defensive position to a weak offensive position).  In other words, Brutus's poor decision-making drives the plot, conflict, and tragic conclusion.  He is the protagonist.  He also pays for his mistakes with his life, as do the other conspirators.  That makes him the tragic figure.

Furthermore, Caesar not only dies in Act 3, but Caesar doesn't make decisions that lead to a tragic cleansing and conclusion.  He rejects the crown, remember.

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Posted November 28, 2012 at 10:20 PM (Answer #2)

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